Apple has presented four new iPhones. We’ll show you which accessories are best for iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. It starts at just 5 euros.
Apple presented its new iPhones on October 13, 2020. A long-awaited mini model is also included. Smartphones are priced between 779 and 1120 euros – typically Apple these are not bargains.
If you want to get an iPhone as cheaply as possible, you will find in our article: This is how quickly the new models will become cheaper corresponding options. In this post we show which accessories are best for the four new models.
Overview: iPhone 12 models
The iPhone 12 Mini is the cheapest and smallest model. It comes with a 5.4-inch display on the market – that’s small, but still bigger than the current iPhone SE 2020. That iPhone 12 has a 6.1 inch display. In terms of memory, however, there are no differences: the models should offer 64 to 256 GB of memory, plus 4 GB of RAM. 5G is also included in the cheapest devices, a third camera lens is not – it is only available from the iPhone 12 Pro. The prices for the two models are 779 and 876 euros in the smallest memory configuration, with black, white, red, blue and green available as colors.
The iPhone 12 Pro will also have a 6.1-inch display iPhone 12 Pro Max the screen has even grown to 6.7 inches. The memory equipment is also growing: Pro and Pro Max have 6 GB of RAM and 128 to 512 GB of internal memory, which of course, as always, cannot be expanded. In addition, both Pro models master 5G and have triple cameras with up to 64 megapixels. Both models have the LiDaR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensor similar to a ToF (Time of Flight) sensor, which is used for artificial bokeh and distance measurement, among other things. The prices of the smallest memory versions are 1120 and 1218 euros, the colors gold, silver, graphite and blue are available. In contrast to the iPhone 12 Mini and 12, the frame on the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max is made of stainless steel and not aluminum.
IPhones are finally getting Magsafe chargers, i.e. charging cables that stick to the end device via magnets. The new iPhone models have Magsafe for wireless charging on the back of the smartphone. Accordingly, iPhone cases must be optimized for this. The Apple cases are compatible with Magsafe.
For all models, there is a choice of covers in colored silicone or transparent, as well as leather cases for credit cards that are attached to the back of the smartphone. The cases are priced between 47 and 55 euros. The silicone case and Magsafe wallet can be combined with one another. There is no leather case from Apple.
If you don’t want to spend around 50 euros to protect your 1000-euro phone, you will of course find cheaper alternatives. Cases and covers from the Far East that are made very cheaply cost between 5 and 9 euros. Of course, they also prevent damage in the event of a fall and protect against scratches on the back, but experience has shown that they only last a limited time – after a few months it is usually over.
The compromise between being as cheap and good as possible is offered by third-party brands. For example, we looked at Pitaka and Spigen cases. Pitaka (as always) only offers its cases in one design; black-gray carbon look. But the cases are very thin and support wireless charging with Magsafe. They are priced at around 50 euros.
Spigen charges between 16 and 20 euros for his cases. In terms of optics and design, the manufacturer offers a lot: Cases with reinforced edges, with transparent silicone or with an integrated stand are part of the fixed portfolio. The Spigen cases will also last a smartphone lifetime – two to three years.
Ceramic Shield is the name of Apple’s new display glass, which is said to protect four times better than the glass of the iPhone 11. But what does that mean? The Ceramic Shield is roughly comparable to the current Gorilla Glass Victus, which is used in Samsung smartphones. This protects against scratches, but if the iPhone 12 falls on the curb, there will be unsightly cracks in the glass here too. A repair by Apple will cost around 200 to 350 euros. That’s quite expensive. Replacing it yourself with spare parts from iFixit & Co. is not much cheaper as our article on Display, Battery & Co .: iPhone repair shows.
So it is worth reaching for additional screen protection. We generally recommend bulletproof glass here. Compared to plastic sheeting, this not only protects against scratches, but also against cracks if you fall. The glasses are priced between 7 and 20 euros. When buying, we recommend paying attention to models that come with a template. This simplifies the installation many times over – one example is the two-pack from Spigen for iPhone 12 and 12 Pro for a good 14 euros.
With Magsafe charging cables and stations, Apple is providing a wide range of new accessories. The original Magsafe cable costs around 44 euros (Report to heise online). Apple’s own charging station or counterparts from Apple-related manufacturers such as Belkin will probably cost 100 euros and more.
With Magsafe, Apple also creates a problem for customers: While Magsafe chargers with up to 15 watts supply the iPhone with juice, the Qi standard only allows 7.5 watts (Link to apple.de). This means that the charging process takes significantly longer. Accordingly, we can only recommend the products from our article: The best Qi chargers 2020 for the iPhone 12 models; they just load more slowly. The powerful charging stations start here from as little as 20 euros. At Apple, you pay well twice as much and only get one Magsafe cable.
If you don’t have a power outlet nearby, you need a power bank to charge your iPhone. As with the charging stations, the following also applies here: Qi power banks are only partially suitable for the four iPhone 12. In terms of price, the price for 4000 mAh starts at 12 euros, as we show in the article: Qi power banks from 10 euros.
If you are looking for a power bank with an additional function, you will find some good products in our article: Power banks with solar cells. Here we tried the Xlayer Powerbank Plus Solar with 20000 mAh. That should be enough for around five to six charging cycles. The integrated solar cell also provides a little more juice – but a full charge with the power of the sun is not possible in a few hours.
The Apple Airpods Pro and Airpods 2nd generation lead our price comparison of the most popular true wireless headphones. The models are now also costing significantly less: Airpods Pro are 195 instead of the previous 279 euros and Airpods 2nd generation 125 instead of 140 euros at the beginning of 2020.
If you want to enjoy good music much cheaper, you should check out our article: These headphones are the best in their class. Our test winner here in terms of sound is Beoplay E8 from B&O (test report) for just under 90 euros. In addition to the rich sound, we are impressed by the design and feel.
iPhone with contract
If you don’t want to pay a good 1000 euros at once for an iPhone, you can get the smartphone with a contract. All major providers have been offering since October 16. corresponding tariffs for iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. Interested parties have to apply for offers for the iPhone 12 Mini and 12 Pro Max by November 6th. be patient.
You can pre-order via Preisbörse24.de (Vodafone contract) since October 14th possible. The other pre-orders will begin on October 16. under the following links:
The iPhone 12 is expensive. Even the small mini costs more than many top smartphones with Android. But if you buy Apple, you rarely accept alternatives. Accordingly, you should plan a few euros more for good accessories. In case of doubt, this not only protects against damage, but also simplifies everyday life with the new iPhone models in the form of a power bank or charging station.
If you want to get an iPhone cheaply, you will find in our article: This is how quickly the new models become cheaper corresponding options.